For centuries there has been a debate about whether leaders must be born into their leadership capacities or whether leadership can be developed in all of us. Findings from history, psychology, business and neuroscience are now clear about this: leaders grow over time, and leadership can be thoughtfully and intentionally nurtured.
At Cultivating Leadership, we have lots of ways to support that growth. Using a deep theoretical and research base combined with decades of experience we help leaders become better able to handle the complex, ambiguous, and sometimes conflict-ridden world of today. As we support leaders to grow and develop to their fullest capacity, they change their organisations and their world for the better.
With the right support, anyone can become better able to handle increasing amounts of complexity, chaos, and conflict. Research and practice show that it takes a combination of the right sort of challenges (which your work probably provides) and the right kind of support (that's our job to help you think about) to turn your work into a place where you can be getting better each day.
We provide this support in leadership programmes, individual and group coaching, and by facilitating meetings where we support people to think and interact in new ways. We write about these practices and teach advanced workshops to colleagues in the coaching and leadership development field.
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This workshop takes participants into a new place of curiosity, listening, and questioning as they learn to explore the Growth Edge in their clients—and themselves. Learn to listen to developmental cues in your clients' conversations to create new frontiers in your ability to support them to come to new understandings about themselves and their leadership challenges.
An advanced workshop for participants who have completed Conversations at the Growing Edge, The ECHO workshop moves from the practice of exploring your client’s Growth Edge to actually having conversations with your clients about their growing edges and whether and how to move into a new place. In this intimate workshop. You’ll practice conducting full Growth Edge interviews and have an explicit discussion with your client about adult development concepts, the developmental journey, and the clients’ current sensemaking, paying attention to their center of gravity and their possible new horizons. We will share a model feedback report you can use with your own clients.
Psychologically Spacious Coaching supports coaches who want to use Growth Edge principles and practices implicitly in their coaching.
In this workshop, we create and practice new ways of using developmental ideas throughout a coaching engagement. This allows you to ask better questions and support your clients in new ways without actually conducting a complete Growth Edge Interview or preparing a formal report. We explore ways you can weave Growth Edge ideas throughout your conversations with clients to find the subject/object distinctions in the way clients experience particular dilemmas. Then we use that new information to help expand the solution space for our clients.
We are so happy to announce that Jennifer and Keith's second book Simple Habits for Complex Times has been published and is available to purchase on Amazon from late February 2015.
When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, they will be able to find the right answer, predict and plan for the future, and break down tasks to produce controllable outcomes. But, what are leaders to do when this isn't the case?
In complex situations, prediction, control, and the right answer are illusions. Rather than offering one-size-fits-all tips and tricks in pursuit of these mirages, Simple Habits for Complex Times provides three integral practices that enable leaders to navigate the unknown. By taking multiple perspectives, asking different questions, and seeing more of their system, leaders can better understand themselves, their roles, and the world around them.Jennifer and Keith have several speaking engagements where they will talk about their book.
Changing on the Job
Jennifer's first book (with a chapter co-written by Keith) continues to be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the way adults grow and change over time, and beginning to take that practice seriously in organisational work. Readers have said it is, "Quite simply the best book on leadership and adult development out there."
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